The American Psychological Association strongly opposes OSHA’s proposal sunflower all over printed christmas ugly sweater to consider a mental illness to be work related only if it is “associated with post-traumatic stress.”
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this approach could logically work in most cases, but in cases of chemical exposures and musculoskeletal disorders this logic does not hold merit. sunflower all over printed christmas ugly sweater If the Agency attempts to apply this approach to the aforementioned types of cases, the employer will have to become an epidemiologist, ergonomist or toxicologist to determine if these cases meet the recordability criteria set forth in this proposal . . . . We encourage the Agency to omit this provision from the final standard. Because of the increasing numbers of workers being medically diagnosed for multiple chemical sensitivity and the exposures some workers receive without any knowledge until years after the incident, the Agency must carefully think about the inclusion of this provision to the final standard.
OSHA also emphasizes that work-related mental illnesses, like other illnesses, must be recorded only when they meet the severity criteria outlined in § 1904.7. In addition, for mental illnesses, the employee’s identity must be protected by omitting the employee’s name from the OSHA 300 Log and instead entering “privacy concern case” as required by § 1904.29. OSHA should define mental health conditions for recordkeeping purposes as conditions diagnosed by a licensed physician or advanced health care practitioner with specialized psychiatric training (i.e., psychiatric nurse practitioner). Work-relatedness of the mental health condition should be determined by a psychiatric independent medical evaluation. Job stress is perhaps the most pervasive occupational health problem in the workplace today. There are a number of emotional and behavioral results and manifestations of job stress, including depression and anxiety. These mental disorders have usually been captured under the “mental illness” category but would no longer be recognized if the proposed reporting guidelines were enacted.